Cassandra Hartblay’s work of dramatic nonfiction, I Was Never Alone or Oporniki presents an original stage play, based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Russia with adults with disabilities. The core of the work is the script of the play itself. In a supporting essay, the author describes the script development process, and argues that both ethnography and theatre can be understood as designs for being together in unusual ways, here animated by principles of disability access and the problem of translating daily life in Russia to the North American stage.
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